Review on Hilliard
'The platonic ideal of a workers' caff, for City types and legal eagles,' observed one Guardian reviewer about this self-appointed 'gastrocafé' on a quiet road between Blackfriars and Temple.
Devised and set up by one-time barristers Frances and Spenser Hilliard, it's a smart, classy conversion tucked away amid the plethora of local office buildings. And it does a grand job in feeding the suits and others with bacon sarnies and bowls of porridge for breakfast upwards to platters of charcuterie, cheese and even oysters.
Through the day you can get all sorts of sandwiches (crab on Friday is a special treat), eventful combos like slow-roast Tamworth pork with cavolo nero and quince salad, ready-made snacks in the mould of pork and pigeon terrine and potted shrimps, plus a hot dish or two if you need filling up (try the casseroled rabbit with prunes and chestnuts, if it's on). The patisserie and cakes are sure-fire tempters, the coffee is Fairtrade-endorsed and there are some quaffable French and Italian wines by the glass.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: through until
Dinner: 5.30pm Mon-Fri